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 From:  Chris Buechler <cbuechler at gmail dot com>
 Cc:  m0n0wall at lists dot m0n0 dot ch
 Subject:  Re: [m0n0wall] Printing over pptp VPN
 Date:  Thu, 16 Jun 2005 16:48:47 -0400
On 6/16/05, James W. McKeand <james at mckeand dot biz> wrote:
> Eric Gregory wrote:
> > I'm trying to print to my HP 8550N printer over the VPN.  I install
> > the driver and the TCP/IP port for the printer and it knows the
> > device is there but when I try to print it says the printer is
> > unavailable.  I have only one firewall rule for my PPTP and that's
> > allow any from any to any.  Is it possible to print this way?
> anyone
> > got it working?  on client side I'm just using the native win XP
> pptp
> > client.
> I ASSUME that this is on a laptop...
> Does it work when you are on the LAN? Make sure it works before you go
> off the LAN and try the VPN.
> Make sure the pptp VPN is connected before you try to print - I don't
> think it will "dial-on-demand". Check to see if the printer is marked
> as "offline". If you have the private IP as the IP for the TCP/IP
> printing port, the pptp is connected, you should be able to print.

I second that.  Though print jobs can get HUGE (hundreds of MB or
more), depending on what it is you're printing.  Certain things just
aren't going to print over a relatively slow link.  The 8550N is a
color laser, which makes that even worse.